Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's About to Get All Corporate Up in Here....

Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money. ~William Lyon Phelps

Well after my extensive{read 5 months} stint as a Nanny I've decided to retire from the profession. The truth is - and I didn't realize this until I actually got into the position - that while I fully believe that it is my calling in life to raise children, it's not my calling life to raise someone else's children.

I love kids and there is nothing that will make me happier than the day I become a mother, but I've hit my glass ceiling already. I actually believe I hit it hour 2 of day 1 in the Nanny position. I'm a corporate girl. It's really all I've ever known. I'm hardwired to strive to move up and grow in whatever position I'm in and sadly, there is nowhere for me to go as a Nanny.

As some of you know, I've was in retail management for years until I pulled out due to medical advice back in 2008. Well, I've been dying to get back in ever since then but the job market in that field has been no less can I put this?....completely sucky. Well, a few weeks ago while out shopping on a Sunday afternoon I ran into someone I worked with back in 2006. We began talking and she was shocked to find out I was no longer in retail. That's when she informed me that the company she worked for, i.e. the store we were in, was hiring in management. Hello!! Exactly what I'd been looking for! So, after speaking with her and doing extensive research on the company I decided it couldn't hurt to go ahead and apply. Two interviews later I had a job offer!

Believe it or not, the hard part was deciding whether or not to accept the offer. Even though I don't believe my calling is to be a Nanny, I'd become quite attached to the children and was worried what my leaving would do to them. Not being narcissistic, but 3 nannies in a one year period is hard on a child and that was my concern.

I ultimately had to make the best decision for myself. I've made the mistake of staying way too long in a position/company for other people's benefit and I ended up wholly miserable and completely pissed at everything you can think of. I didn't want that again and especially I didn't want any possible negativity to affect the children I cared for.

Telling the parents was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I love the family I worked for and in the short time I was with them I became extremely attached to them and the family in general. I just did my best to explain to them the position I was in and make them understand that I had to think about life after they didn't need a nanny anymore. They completely understood and hugged me at the end of the conversation. Phew! I was dreading the convo all day long and I debated putting it off but I knew I'd just keep putting it off longer and longer and that would be wrong. I just kept telling myself it was like pulling off a bandaid.

Now, after all of it is said and done I'm excited for my new position as a Sales Manager for Anonymous National Retailer*! I know that this company is only headed toward great things and great opportunities lie ahead for me! It's going to be quite a change from my relaxed attire though - a welcome change. Y'all know I can't dress down everyday of my life and like it!

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the company for which I am now gainfully employed because, shocking as it is, I would like to stay gainfully employed for longer than 5 minutes.


  1. Thats AWESOME!!!! SO Happy for you!!!

  2. Woot woot!! I'm so happy for you!

  3. CONGRATS! I can't wait to hear more about it!

  4. Again, I am soooooooooo happy for you. This is going to be so fantastic for you and your future!!!

  5. I think a phone date is in order. Sooooo excited for you!! :)

  6. Congrats girl!!! I am so happy you made the best decision for you!!! And you are doing right by the kids not staying where you aren't happy. They will learn so much from you by watching you follow your dreams!!! XOXO


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